The name Bubba Gump is derived from the names of two characters in the film "Forrest Gump," Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue and Forrest Gump. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. is also the name of a real restaurant chain based on the fictional Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. from the film.
The idea for the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. was spawned by the characters Bubba and Forrest, who had become best friends during their time in training for the U.S. Army. In the movie, Bubba and Forrest agree to enter the shrimping business after their service in the Army is over. After the characters are sent to Vietnam to participate in combat, Bubba is fatally wounded. Forrest is later discharged from the Army after a successful table tennis tour and puts his money towards buying a shrimp boat in memory of his friend, founding the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
The real Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. is a seafood and Cajun restaurant chain that was originally a joint venture between Paramount Pictures and Rusty Pelican Restaurants. Today, Landry's Inc. owns and operates all the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. locations around the world. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. has restaurants in eight countries including the United States, Malaysia, Japan, London and Hong Kong. The restaurants feature memorabilia and references to the "Forrest Gump" film, such as photos of people and places from the film.